Happy Herbalist Day! 2017

Happy Herbalist Day! 2017

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[caption id="attachment_761" align="aligncenter" width="960"] to all my herbie friends![/caption] "None of us can walk the herbal road alone." That is a quote from an email I got from school today. It couldn't be more true. And for all of those that have walked this road with me, you have my gratitude! Shalom![caption id="attachment_233" align="alignleft" width="100"] never underestimate the value of what you do![/caption]
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Cleavers – The Spring Cleaner

Cleavers – The Spring Cleaner

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What could be more invigorating, waking up from the winter doldrums and bursting into spring than a tonic to do that very thing! (wow, I rhymed) There's an herb for that! It goes by the name cleavers (or clivers or bedstraw). [caption id="attachment_802" align="alignright" width="300"] cleavers is often found around growing around something it can climb up on[/caption] You can find a huge list of things that cleavers can be good for, but today let's focus on the word "herbal tonic". The earth that we live on is usually the best indicator for what to use, when, where herbal tonics are concerned, and the herbs that grow in every yard and in every open place they can find in the wild, this time of year, include cleavers, chickweed, henbit, dandelion,…
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Cleavers – The Spring Tonic Cleanser

Cleavers – The Spring Tonic Cleanser

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What could be more invigorating, waking up from the winter doldrums and bursting into action, than with a spring tonic to aid you do that very thing! There's an herb for that! It goes by the name cleavers (or clivers or bedstraw). [caption id="attachment_802" align="alignright" width="300"] cleavers is often found growing around something it can climb on[/caption] You can find a huge list of things that cleavers can be good for, but today let's focus on the word "spring tonic". The earth that we live on is usually the best indicator for what to use and when. Where herbal spring tonics are concerned, the herbs that grow in every yard and in every open place they can find in the wild, this time of year, include cleavers, chickweed, henbit, dandelion,…
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Experiencing Herbs with your Child

Experiencing Herbs with your Child

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[caption id="attachment_396" align="alignright" width="300"] Bash, processing thyme and lavender with Mom.[/caption] Here is a picture from last summer. Bash was helping me process thyme and lavender. Lavender is his FAVORITE herb. He loves the little purple flowers and the smell, I mean who doesn't? Well my weirdo herbalist of a mother isn't the hugest lavender (fragrance) fan...buuut...more for US! ;) Hello beautiful people! Relishing in this absolutely beautiful sunny day! Wandered around my garden barefoot this morning slowly soaking up that positive Sagittarius energy. I did not want the quiet morning to end. It lasted a good solid 3 minutes until I realized my bare feet were two inches away from a mound of dog poop left by my beloved blue heeler Winston. OH glorious morning!! I MUST say though,…
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How to Use Violets

How to Use Violets

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[caption id="attachment_368" align="alignright" width="300"] violet blooms soaking up the spring sun[/caption] They are the color of spring. They are the taste of spring. They grow anywhere, everywhere. I have found them in the woods, in the shade and in full sun in our strawberry beds at the farm. VIOLETS! The entirety of the violet plant is useful in some way... the flowers, the leaves, and the roots. How to Use Violets To start with, try a leaf. Go ahead, pluck one off and chew on it. Taste it. Note the slipperiness of the leaves in your mouth. The way an herb tastes is a very good indicator of its medicinal value. To try a violet tea, put a large teaspoon of fresh chopped up violet leaves (and flowers and roots…
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